Hi <<First Name>>.
We hope you are all staying home and staying well.
First, a reminder that we now have a weekly Zoom meeting on Saturdays at 2:30 PM so we can all check in with each other. Please pass on the information to anyone in the community who might be interested. The meeting will always be at this link: https://zoom.us/j/893699770 or by calling 646-558-8656 and inputting the meeting ID 893 699 770.
Ways to Help
We have heard from many of you who are looking for ways to help. There are a few rounded up below.
- The Red Cross has a shortage of blood. We are starting to organize a blood drive. If you're interested in joining the Blood Drive Committee, please reply to this email (email@example.com).
- Tammy Murphy, the First Lady of New Jersey, just launched a Pandemic Relief Fund. To find out more or donate go here.
- The Harding Police Department, First Aid Squad, and Fire Company urgently need masks, face shields, gowns, and booties. If you have any supplies, you can call (917) 838-3332 or contact the Harding Police Department to arrange for your donation to be picked up.
- Call or email Elizabeth Sovolos to request assistance with errands or groceries, or to volunteer to help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 862-246-7648.
- NJ 11th for Change has a new team called "Operation Facemask." They are coordinating making fabric face masks. If you can sew and have interest you can find out more at this Facebook post. You can also contact Amanda Richardson at email@example.com if you want advice on sewing them.
- St Hubert's in Madison is offering curbside pickup for foster animals. You can learn more about their foster program here.
- Bridges, an organization based in Summit that works with homeless people, is looking for donations as they have had to end their volunteer program.
- Fundraising is likely to be very difficult for most organizations this year, and there are many at-risk groups who are going to be disproportionately impacted by the effects of this pandemic. Consider donating now to the causes you were already planning to support so that they are able to continue their operations.
- Finally, local restaurants can use your support. They are mostly still open for pickup. The Country Fox Cafe, The Minuteman Smokehouse and Grill, The Green Village Deli (973-377-1709), and The Country Store are all local options open for ordering or buying gift cards.
Harding Township Information
For local developments, we continue to encourage you to sign up for the Harding Township Civic Association (HTCA) emails if you haven't already. You can do that at the bottom of their website here. You can also see announcements on the Harding Township website here.
Below are some links and information that we hope will be of use. Please forward this on to anyone who might need it
Please don't hesitate to be in touch. We are also happy to share any information through this email or on our Facebook page. Feel free to post on our Facebook page as well. We will continue to send updates and links as new developments arise. People can sign up for this email by going to our website.
- The New Jersey Department of Health has a "COVID-19" dashboard available here. The dashboard tracks positive cases in NJ by county.
- The Harding Township website has a coronavirus page here.
- A NJ hotline has been set up to answer questions and concerns. The numbers are 1-800-222-1222 and 1-800-962-1253.
- Text NJCOVID to 898211 for updates. If you need live assistance, you can text your zip code to 898211.
- You can watch all of Governor Murphy's daily COVID-19 briefings here, and see transcripts here.
- On Saturday, March 21st, Governor Murphy announced a statewide stay at home order and closure of all non-essential businesses. You can read the press release here and read a summary of the two executive orders here
- This talk has some good information: Drew's Brianne Barker - Coronavirus Biology: Separating Fact from Fiction.
- Unless you are doing something essential, please stay home. If you must go out, practice social distancing (keeping at least 6 feet away from others). Even if you are staying home, continue to follow the advice to:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, as often as possible
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth, and nose
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
We hope to hear from you soon.
Harding Township Democratic Committee